Prince Rupert’s drops

  title={Prince Rupert’s drops},
  author={Laurel Brodsley and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Frank and John Wickham Steeds},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London},
  pages={1 - 26}
On 4 March 1660—61 ‘glass bubbles’ were first introduced to a meeting of the Royal Society. According to the minutes, ‘The King sent by Sir Paul Neile five little glass bubbles, two with liquor in them, and the other three solid, in order to have the judgement of the society concerning them’ (1). The Royal Society responded with remarkable celerity: its amanuensis produced some more drops two days later, which ‘succeeded in the same manner with those sent by the king’ (2). A very full report of… Expand
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  • Materials Science
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
  • 2015
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